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19th Apr 2010Posted in: Scribbles 0
Next Stop: Bangladesh

The following table shows the average per capita income of the countries/regions I have been to. It appears that I have been visiting poorer and poorer countries over these years (consciously or unconsciously!). Despite that, my satisfaction from travelling grows with each journey, and the magnitude of my love for these countries is entirely indifferent to their per capita income or their wealth or their offering me comfort and convenience. Maybe the soul can only be free when you are deprived of pecuniary concerns and material enjoyments, and when your soul is free you are happy.

So here I am to seek for my happiness once again! I am going to Bangladesh this summer, Hurray! Its PCI ranks 165 in the world, and it is among the poorest countries in Asia, definitely a Third World Country. Yet historically it has been an important Buddhist and now Islamic region. Once a country off-limit for foreigners, its tourism is still nascent, so I can be guaranteed to be totally on my own to tackle the unbeaten tracks. Let’s see what experience I can get from this journey this time! I’m so excited!

Rank Country Name Per Capita Income (US$)
5 Liechtenstein N/A (25,000?)
7 Switzerland 32,030
12 Austria 29,610
13 San Marino 34,600
15 Belgium 28,930
16 Hong Kong 28,810
17 Japan 28,620
18 Netherlands 28,600
20 Australia 28,290
21 United Kingdom 27,650
22 France 27,460
22 Germany 27,460
25 Italy 26,760
33 Macao 21,920
43 Slovenia 19,240
50 SKorea 17,930
58 Hungary 13,780
61 Slovak Republic 13,420
67 Poland 11,450
73 Croatia 10,710
75 Latvia 10,130
85 Bulgaria 7,610
87 Thailand 7,450
88 Iran, Islamic Rep. 7,190
89 Romania 7,140
118 China 4,990
127 Philippines 4,640
134 Armenia 3,770
147 Georgia 2,540
165 Bangladesh 1,870
??? Nagorno-Karabakh 600
    References:

  1. http://www.success-and-culture.net/articles/percapitaincome.shtml
  2. http://www.searchenginecolossus.com/NagornoKarabakh.html



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